Non-vertebrate paleontology collections
at the Texas Natural Science Center

Creating a computer-accessible collection

Information from a variety of different sources is being combined to form a catalog database for the collection

adding data on-site The first step is to enter information about each specimen into a database table, and then match it with other information collected from the catalogues.
Images of old labels and of the specimens themselves are also included in the database. adding labels to trays containing cleaned specimens
new labels New specimen labels are created from the database.   Each new label carries a barcode which provides access to the database and enables a quick inventory of the collection.

Fossil collection locality
Fossil location  is added to a digital map
Old locality cards are scanned and can be linked to the digital maps. The scanning process saves much time and avoids many errors

Locality card with a sketch map

Digital map of the same area
Locality card 226-T-47 USGS digital raster map covering the localtity 226-T-47

Scanned labels

Images of the specimen
Label scans reduce data input problems and provide an archive record Image scans of fossils can be quickly incorporated into the database